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David M. Walton

PT, PhD

David Walton (@uwo_dwalton) completed his BScPT in physical therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 1999, an MSc in neuroscience in 2001, and a PhD in health and rehabilitation science from Western in 2010. Following a combined 10 years of clinical practice, he is now an associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London, Canada), an associate scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and a member of the teaching faculty with Western's Bone and Joint Institute. He is the director and principal investigator of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab, where he supervises five PhD students and one MSc student in addition to several professional and undergraduate students.

Dave is active in the university community, having formed two interdisciplinary research groups: Collaboration for the Integration of Rehabilitation and Consumer Electronics (CIRCLE) and Solving Traumatic Pain and Disability Through Advanced Research Translation (START). Through these groups, innovative research and knowledge translation initiatives are underway that focus on improving measurement, prognosis, and treatment for neuromusculoskeletal pain problems of primarily the neck and low back. Dave has published more than 50 scientific publications and four book chapters, has presented at several national and international conferences, and has secured nearly $1 million in research funding. Outside of the university, Dave is currently an associate editor with the scientific journal Manual Therapy, an international editor for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, secretary of the Education Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, a member of the Allied Health subsection of the North American Spine Society, and cofounder/past chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Dave has been recognized for this teaching and mentorship through two Faculty Teaching Awards of Excellence and the 2014 National Mentorship Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He is an active member of Western's Teaching Support Centre, through which he facilitates workshops for faculty development, and is increasingly sought as a provider of continuing professional development in the area of neck pain management, soft skills development, pain assessment, and adult education for clinicians. Finally, and most importantly, Dave is immensely proud of his role as father to two incredible daughters and husband of an outstanding wife. The phrase "punching above his weight" most certainly applies.

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Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice

Presented by James M. Elliott, PT, PhD, FAPTA and David M. Walton, PT, PhD

Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 42 Minutes

This course will review the current state of evidence for managing acute whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) to facilitate recovery and prevent chronicity. You will learn about the current state of evidence for managing chronic WAD to minimize disability and optimize function. The course will also cover interdisciplinary care considerations in acute and chronic WAD such as when to refer, to whom, and why.

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Trauma-Informed Assessment and Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Pain

Presented by James M. Elliott, PT, PhD, FAPTA and David M. Walton, PT, PhD

Trauma-Informed Assessment and Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Pain

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Clinical assessment and evaluation of human symptoms and function are necessary parts of person-centered and targeted rehabilitation practice. However, evaluation also involves an implicit element of judgment regarding the "normality" of another person. This is an example of how power imbalances are enacted and reinforced in clinical practice. This course will introduce learners to concepts, tools, and techniques of trauma-informed practice that can be implemented during clinical assessment and evaluation toward an ethic of partnership and empowerment for all.

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Trauma-Informed Treatment of Neck Pain

Presented by James M. Elliott, PT, PhD, FAPTA and David M. Walton, PT, PhD

Trauma-Informed Treatment of Neck Pain

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

In this course, leaders in the field of neck pain assessment, prognosis, and treatment will engage learners in thinking differently about the tools, techniques, approaches, and goals of management for people with neck pain.

The neck is a unique site of the body, permitting large freedom of motion while protecting critical life-sustaining structures. It is a site of both power and vulnerability and is often in the forefront of both interpersonal connection and experiences of violence and trauma. The traditional "body as machine" approach to objective and emotionally neutral intervention for neck pain risks overlooking important lived experiences of the neck as a site of both pain and of pleasure and, in some instances, increases the risk of triggering experiences of prior trauma. Drs. Walton and Elliott will integrate their knowledge of the evidence base for neck pain management with a focus on trauma-informed care principles to arm learners with the necessary skills and competencies to (a) understand the neck as a unique site of potential trauma, (b) recognize signs of traumatic triggering, and (c) consider how clinical practice guidelines and protocols can be adapted for application to the post-trauma patient with neck pain.

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